Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Publisher: MTV Books
Publication: August 14, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. Of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
I’ve listened to this novel in audiobook and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it. The voice of the narrator and main character Charlie, is so lively and engaging, it actually gives the story a lot of entertainment.
The story is told in Charlie’s perspective in a form of series of letters to someone. It’s like listening to someone read a diary– but in a deeper and more dramatic sense. Throughout the book, Charlie conveyed everything about his life as a freshman and the inner struggles he had– trying to fit in to everyone even though deep inside he just wanted to settle in the corner and just hide. Until he met his new friends who basically changed his life–Patrick and Sam, his life as a wallflower became meaningful.
First, I really love Charlie. I saw how his character grew and how he managed to change himself for the better. With the help of his friends, he was able to shine and get out of his shell and just live as an ordinary high school guy. What I also love about him is his amazing intellectuality. A 15 year old guy with such deep and sensible thoughts? I’m really awed. There were (a lot of) times when he also tested my heart’s vulnerability and totally made me teary-eyed. His story is hard to explain because it’s too emotional and it screams painful reality about the imperfections of life, family, friendships, and relationships.
“What about when someone doesn’t need a shoulder? What if they need the arms?”
I also admire Sam and Patrick. They are one of the best side-kick characters I’ve met in a book. They are perfectly flawed but they make the greatest friends ever! I really love how they give meaning to Charlie’s life and how they made everything light and easy for him.
“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”
I cannot express more about my feelings toward this book. It’s too good and realistic. A moving and incomparable story that teenagers and even adults can relate to. This book will not be easily forgotten, for sure.
“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
Rating: 4 Stars
——- THE MOVIE ——–
I’ve watched the movie right after listening to the audiobook and I was really hooked. I love the casting and I love how everything was delivered well. It wasn’t like any other film adoptations that seemed to be hurried. The film was neatly done and all the important parts and dialogues from the book was shown on screen. I also think that the soundtracks are amazing. (My favorite was Don’t Dream It’s Over by Crowded House).
Aaahhh so many feels after watching the film! I could not find any flaw in it because it’s one of the best film adaptations I’ve watched in my entire life. So if you haven’t watched the film yet, go watch it now. But make sure you read the book first. 😉
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